The center of our week and who is at the center of our lives? Our loved ones! Blessings to our loved ones!
I can use as much help with cleaning as I can possibly get! For a short time, I rented out one of the rooms in our house. One morning I came downstairs and my renter had cleaned the kitchen. I think I sat down and cried. I had been trying to carry everything on my own shoulders and I was worn out. This morning I am praying for all of those who clean, whether to make a living or behind the scenes in their own spaces. And I thank The amazing helper, the Holy Spirit who nudges us to let go of the things that need to be cleaned out from our inner space, and even helps us when we are willing.
Not only Monday, but every morning, I seem to be rushing around trying to get ready for the day, trying to remember what I have to do for the day, thinking of what I would like to do, and even making to do lists, knowing I will not get everything done. just calling to prayer every morning helps me to stop for a moment and remember that I can’t let it all go. To remember that I am leaning on those everlasting loving arms. To let blessings flow through me rather than stress and tension. I invite you to join with me in prayer this morning.
Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson used to share the image of a tootsie roll pop as being like people. We are different colors on the outside, but as he said, when you get to the inside we are all just the same. While we make make divisions based on what country we live in, which side of the tracks we are on, the color of our skin, the expense of our clothes, and who knows what else, Our Creator values and welcomes each one of us as precious children. Christ died out of love for every single one of us. It is out of this love that we gather together. It is in this love that we find our unity. This Holy Love breaks down all barriers so that we may be One.
BLESSINGS ON WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY!
I turn the overhead lights off before going live so that it isn’t glaring in anyone’s eyes. Maybe that is also a good metaphor for living our lives in faith that God is Love and Life-Giving Light, lived out fully in Christ. We don’t have to blaze it in the faces of others. We need to live out a relationship of love with The Love that Created Us. When we do, I’m not sure we can help but shine in the glow of being so loved.
I chose sleep over watching the debates last night. I figured that I will hear about them soon enough. I also didn’t want to hear one side or another yelling at us to “choose my way!” This morning I am praying that despite whatever our political affiliation may be, we will remember that we are called to follow a higher way. And I pray that this way of love will lead us beyond our divisions to a common ground.
Hearts rejoicing and hearts breaking: that is what I am experiencing today in my life. The excited fun of my grandson dressing up as a “90’s Dude” for school spirit week in contrast to the child abuse case this afternoon where the mother’s mother was found dead in the streets, her father in prison, the mother herself then sexually abused by several men whom she should have been able to trust to protect her. A turn to drugs and a child born with drugs already in his system.
I am praying for the safety of children and a blessing on them. I am praying to not give up hope for transformation in this broken world. I have seen miracles happen. I hope you will join me.